The Berkeley Beacon

What are your thoughts on the walkout against gun violence?

March 14, 2018

We gave Emerson students the following prompt on Facebook and Twitter to ask them for their opinions on the walkout on March 14 in 100-200 words: “This Wednesday a national walkout to protest gun violence will occur at 10 a.m. Are you planning on participating? Why or why not?” These respons...

Editorial: Show us the numbers

Editorial: Show us the numbers

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2018

At issue: Students not surveyed in new climate survey Our take: Data is invaluable if we want to see improvement Earlier this week, the Social Justice Center released the 2017 campus climate survey data. The survey, last conducted in 2014, typically measures how faculty, staff, and students view the...

Make classroom conversations as inclusive as our protests

Make classroom conversations as inclusive as our protests

By Kayla LaRosa

March 1, 2018

Two weeks ago, my ethics class discussed a case in which Britney Spears tried to sue a popular tabloid magazine for defamation after they accused her of having a sex tape. The judge threw the case out after arguing this allegation wouldn’t harm Spears’ reputation due to her “inherently sexual...

Keep it clean on spring break

Keep it clean on spring break

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

February 25, 2018

Picture the iconic scenes of spring break: college students blasting music surrounded by red Solo cups, people dancing well into the night and spending long, luxurious days on the beach. It’s been the subject of countless movies, with an entire MTV special dedicated to it. In my case, I grew u...

DC stands for Dining Center, not Dumpling Cafe

By Editorial Board

February 22, 2018

At issue: Students treat cultural communities with disrespect Our take: Chinatown is more than a food court   When Emerson moved from Back Bay to the Theater District in 1987, the new location presented students the opportunity to explore an area with vast historical and cultural significanc...

Make meals simple for students with allergies

Make meals simple for students with allergies

By Kaileigh Fox

February 21, 2018

When I first laid down my thoughts for this piece, I laid curled up in bed feeling sick to my stomach with an awful headache. Somehow, my allergen-free menu came in contact with gluten—leaving me down-and-out for two days. The only place that I’d eaten that day was the Dining Center. As some...

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

By Andrew Stanton

February 21, 2018

This year, the world watched the first openly-gay Team USA athletes compete in the Winter Olympics. Many people in the LGBTQ community are celebrating figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy for their courage and shameless self-expression in the athletic spotlight, where the queer comm...

Scheduling solutions for overworked students

Scheduling solutions for overworked students

By Laura King

February 19, 2018

I once typed a four page paper on my phone from the break room of a Downtown Crossing retail shop over the course of a nine hour shift. I’ve copy-pasted long, important class readings into the Notes app on my iPhone, and hit “Select All” so Siri could read the text to me in her stilted voice...

Our housing options are not up to par

Our housing options are not up to par

By Editorial Board

February 15, 2018

At issue: Construction noise continues to interrupt student life Our take: Emerson owes students an explanation   Remember when the Paramount Center, with its five-minute walk to the center of campus, was considered the worst residence hall? Or when we would jokingly mock the mysterious P...

Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success

Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

February 14, 2018

Growing up, everyone told me I was a “gifted” child. My GPA and standardized test scores deemed me capable of changing the world. I could write novels, run for office, or find the cure for cancer if I wanted to. For years, I heard teachers, parents, and advisors tell me that I could accompl...

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

By Joseph Green

February 14, 2018

Winter is not a good time of year for my mental health. It happens like clockwork every February—the rejuvenation I get from seeing my family and friends over the holiday fades, and soon depression and anxiety burrow into my brain for the rest of the winter. Given my attitude toward this time of year, ...

Practicing self-love and accountability ahead of Valentine’s Day

Practicing self-love and accountability ahead of Valentine’s Day

By Kayla LaRosa

February 11, 2018

In my senior year of high school, my AP English teacher told us to write the perfect Valentine’s Day rant. We were assigned to choose an aspect of Valentine’s Day that made our blood boil and write a speech about it to deliver to the class. I came to class the next day with a two-minute uku...